Great White Shark Experiences – 12 Times & Counting

Xplore Eyre’s Perth to Adelaide Tours may have you diving deep. Come face-to-face with one of this planet’s most majestic creatures on a Great White Shark Experience. Port Lincoln is the only place in Australia, and one of only five places on earth where you can have this incredible wildlife encounter.

Terrifying, exhilarating and awe-inspiring might be some of the words I would use to describe shark cage diving with great whites. But “sh*# scared” probably sums up best how I felt the first time I got up close to the world’s most feared predator.

I have been cage diving with great whites in Port Lincoln 12 times since the experience was introduced. And I will never forget the first time I did it. It’s a full-day tour so you head out of the Port Lincoln Marina around 9 am for a two-hour journey out to the Neptune Islands. You can feel the fear and excitement in the air as people try to distract themselves from what lies ahead. While you try hard not to have flashbacks those infamous scenes from Jaws.

After some morning tea (if you can stomach it) you get wet-suited up and receive some instructions about how to enter the cage and what to do once you are in there. Your heart is pumping so fast you wonder if it will explode. And that’s even before there are any sharks around. The cage is the only thing between you and the ocean’s most feared predator. It is a surface cage and only about a foot under the water.

Entering the cage

When it’s time to enter the cage, the crew give you a mouthpiece to breath in as you don’t have tanks. You don’t need any diving experience to go shark cage diving. Often, this is people’s first real underwater wildlife experience. Talk about jumping in the deep end (excuse the pun)!  

Everyone has feelings as they prepare to enter the cage. They are nervous. They are excited. Their heart is pumping. They are breathing erratically. And once you are in the cage your heart is racing even faster! 

Then comes the moment when there is an enormous great white shark in front of you and you can hear your breathing is so fast. You know your eyes are bulging because everyone else’s are.

You’re hanging onto the cage for your life with your knuckles white. But then somehow your mindset changes when you experience how majestic these beautiful animals really are.  

It really is one of those great life-changing experiences

The good thing about it is the cage—you really would not want to be there without it. As much as the sharks are not hungry and just appear to be looking around, they are awesome creatures of the sea. It’s an incredible opportunity to be able to see them in their own environment.

One thing that sticks with me each and every time is their black eyes penetrating you no matter which direction they are swimming—it always feels like they are staring right through you.

Just do it

Depending on the day and the operators, you will spend around 45 minutes in the cage with 5 or 6 other people. You can also view the sharks from up on deck. Some passengers choose to do the full-day cruise and not enter the cage at all. My recommendation is just do it. Everyone is petrified before, but after this bucket-list experience they are left with incredible memories and stories to share for an entire lifetime!

I would absolutely suggest adding this optional extra into your Adelaide to Perth or Perth to Adelaide Luxury Tours, as it will leave you with an ecstatic and exhilarating bang!

Written by Hassie (Xplore Eyre Owner)

You can choose to go on a Great White Shark Experience in Port Lincoln as an Optional Extra. Available by request on most of the Xplore Eyre tours including the 10-Day Perth to Adelaide Tours

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